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Montana Western hosts athletic director candidates.

April 15, 2016

Each candidate will visit the Dillon, Mont. campus and meet with students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the next two weeks, search committee chair Chad Baver said. 

“Our next athletic director will have an excellent opportunity to build on our student-athletes’ success and to work with the UMW Foundation to create even stronger ties with our alumni and community,” Chancellor Beth Weatherby said. “There has been a great deal of interest in this position. That is a testament to the hard work and vision of everyone in the athletic department.”

?Community members are invited to attend open forum meetings with the candidates on the following dates:

?         John Kietzmann: April 18, 2016 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the STC Great Room.

         Russell Richardson: April 28, 2016 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the STC Great Room.

Kietzmann currently serves as the assistant director of athletics at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo. He has previously served as assistant director of athletics at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, N.D. Kietzmann has a bachelor’s and master’s from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and is expected to earn his doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. in December 2016.

Currently head athletic trainer and associate professor at Montana Western, Richardson previously served as a visiting professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and as director of athletic training at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Richardson earned a bachelor’s from Montana Western, a master’s from California State University, Fresno and a doctorate from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

The athletic director position directs the university’s athletic programs and serves as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet.